The Squares of Savannah

Appleton’s Illustrated Handbook of American Winter Resorts

In 1773, James Oglethorpe began his grand plan for Savannah – laying out squares for the community to enjoy and utilize. By 1851, there were 24 squares.

“The number of squares has now been increased to twenty-four—the walks all being paved with granite, and swept daily. Forsyth Park is on a more extended plan than these small squares, containing a large fountain, fine flowers, magnolia grandiflora trees, a small zoölogical collection—all objects of interest, displaying the taste and refinement of a well-cultured people.”

Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes. Silvia Sunshine.


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